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American Pimp

Too $hort , John S. Dickson , Albert Hughes , Allen Hughes    R (Restricted)   DVD
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There's a fascinating film to be made about the pimp culture and the myth of the outlaw sexual entrepreneur. American Pimp, a slick and entertaining but rather timid documentary by filmmaking brother act Allen and Albert Hughes (Menace 2 Society, Dead Presidents) isn't quite it, but it's a captivating document nonetheless. Flashy, garrulous real-life characters with names like Charm, Rosebudd, Too $hort, C-Note, and the "internationally known" Bishop Don Magic Juan take over their interviews with silver-tongued charm, spinning self-aggrandizing, often contradictory stories of life in the trade. The Hughes never challenge those contradictions and give only token representation to the women in the life (who have either bought into the myth or are too cowed to say differently). Apart from a few unguarded statements by less cagey subjects, the film avoids the seedy flip side to the so-called benevolent relationship between pimp and "ho." More to the Hughes' point is the fluid relationship between media image (as celebrated in such blaxploitation classics such as The Mack and Willie Dynamite) and street image. Simultaneously embracing and decrying their outlaw status, these pimps transform themselves into peacocklike fashion statements inspired by the very images they find so denigrating. They are undeniably dynamic characters playing out a bizarre fantasy of wealth, power, and swaggering sexuality, but if the film shows the cracks in their masks, it never manages to reveal the men under the money or expose the fallacy behind the fantasy. --Sean Axmaker

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1.0 out of 5 stars A Glorification of Slavery, Basically Sept. 10 2003
Talk about your double standards. The same people who get outraged at the enslavement of females in Africa or Eastern Europe think it's hip to extol the style of these low life pimps in the US. Pure hypocrisy These are not figures to be emulated or held up as role models for young males of whatever race.
I was pretty [upset] at these guy's attitudes towards women, to say the least. I would hope that W.E.B. Dubois, Malcolm X, Frederick Douglas, Booker T Washington, Martin Luther King, etc., would serve as standards. Not these [folks]. ...
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4.0 out of 5 stars HMM... July 5 2002
Earlier this year,I happened to catch a HBO documentary on the lives of prostitutes in the Bronx area of Hunts' Point and was blown away.It was a rare showcase of the pysche of a hooker.
Most of the time,those type of documentaries are filmed from the point of view of the pimp not the prostitutes.
Hence,this documentary from one of my favorite directors,Allen
& Albert Hughes entitled "American Pimp".
"American Pimp" is both fasanating and disturbing.Showcasing years worth of famous pimps.From the well-known Bishop Don Magic Juan(glamourized by rappers such as Ice-T,Snoop Dogg,
Jay-Z,and Ludacris) and Too $hort to lesser knowns such as Charm and Rosebudd.
I found Bishop Don Magic Juan the most intresting pimp because
he seemed proud of his success.He even compares his wealth(courtsey of pimping) as "The American Dream".Which is a VERY intresting view.I also found it intresting when his mother and sister were featured and they were proud of his success as well.
Juan-like the other pimps featured-has a strange mix of charm,wit,self-assureness of dubious effects.You know that these men aren't to be exactly idolized yet they're charming and somewhat likeable.
Also noteworthy was the montage of the mainstream media's images of pimps.A lot of which borders on the offensive.
Blaxplotation films such as "Willie Dynamite","Superfly",and
"The Mack" glorified pimping.And rap artists have always adopted pimp tatics in their music and/or image to be cool.
Again,this is eyebrow raising stuff.
The Hughes Brothers pulled off this documentary well,I must say.
They didn't rely on tired sterotypes or cartoonish protrayals.
Altough I would've liked to have seen more commentary from the female/prostitute's prespective,"American Pimp" is a very intresting documentary that can't be missed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars pathetic and disturbing April 2 2002
By robbin
Format:VHS Tape
the pimps looked like outdated clowns...weak men preying off weak,fallen women...pathetic indeed...but i love the hughes brothers and all of their films...i tried to see this for what it
was and i was enlightened...the most disturbing was the fact that
these guys go to shelters to pick up women and the haunting tales of the prostitutes who go on a date/turn a trick with a john or johns and never come back alive...that made me think of the woman's family...a woman has to be very, very weak to give into this slavery...if you chose to be a prostitute...why not be
your own pimp? these clowns/pimps who claim the women need them
for protection...hmmmph what about the 'protection' they provided to their fallen, murdered 'hos' or is it hoes? this movie certainly did not glamorize the profession and no matter
how great the pimps tried to make it sound...some of went and told the truth/downside and i mean downside of the profession...i don't know it was hard to get through this one...
i was curious...now i know...
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4.0 out of 5 stars All American "PIMP" Feb. 27 2001
I loved Pimps up Ho's Down. American Pimp is in direct competition with the Brent Owens' HBO directed documentary. American Pimp has the edge for two reasons. The Hughes brothers examined the gamut of pimpology from it's inception, explaining the nature of the game and it's complex nuances. Also, there is a wide range of pimps described in this movie. We are introduced to "Fillmore Slim" a seventy-plus mack, who's had more than 9,000 hookers during his career as a pimp. Slim, described affectionatly by Hollywood ex-pimp, Rosebud as having his turn-out at age fifteen, giving Slim more than 60 years invested in the game. Superstar pimp, "Bishop Magic Don Juan" re-explains the pimp ho game he so eloquently described in "Pimps UP". We are even shown a legitmate pimp, who runs the bunny farm/ranch out in the Nevada desert. The legitmate pimp does not knock the street pimps, he gives them credit for keeping the game strong.To the Hughes Bros. credit, they show the underside of pimping when a New Orleans pimp is arrested for various crimes. The pimp doesn't cower against the system, he simply holds his head high and saves the regrets. Danny Boy, explains the origin of "macking" and how the modern era of pimping evolved. He explains how during the reconstruction era, "post civil-war" the pimps were undiscovered until they began to compile large sums of money, due to the "pimping". Rosebud, explains how Hollywood distorts the image of the pimp, creating a clownish, cowardly figure. Kenny Red puts the game down in D.C. Charm, explains how the track works in Honolulu...These are real dudes, doing some real stuff!!Sex sells and it's a billion dollar bizness.... Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tacky subject but good cinema!!!!!
I watched this movie on BET and was compelled to get it because I wanted to see what they couldn't show on TV. It is a very good documentary despite the subject matter. Read more
Published on July 13 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Pimpin Aint Easy, but Somebody's Gotta Do It!!
American Pimp is as good as I thought it would be, maybe better. I found it really educational(no joke), and afterwards, I felt like I learned more from than that than I ever had... Read more
Published on May 13 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS NOTHING BUT DOO DOO
In the 1800's, the Chinese put their women in the brothels to help make it in America. The Chinese men or the "pimps" called
themselves the TONG. Read more
Published on May 6 2004 by Manof Color
5.0 out of 5 stars Gets the job done
This documentary is just that. A documentary, and it is very enlightening movie. I recommend that you watch the interview of the Hughes brothers before and after viewing the film. Read more
Published on Jan. 10 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars American PIMPIN!
The underworld of the PIMP and prostitute is exposed in this interesting tale of the seedy side of sex. Read more
Published on March 31 2003 by David Lipkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Pimps Point of View
I love this movie. I really do believe it accurately depicts the mind set of Pimps. The majority of these pimps are slick talking, outrageously dressed men who use vunerable... Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars street life
opens your eyes to traps that young women of every color are falling into everyday. Love the women in your families if you dont i know several persons from this movie that would... Read more
Published on April 9 2002 by aaron sherwood
4.0 out of 5 stars Real Ghetto Fabulus
This is worth checking out from player to player Pimp to pimp
i'm waiting for a follow up!
The hughes Bro. let you be the judge. Only set backs were the
misc. Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2002 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Ben- I wouldn't lie to ya playboy
What more could you ask for, besides checking a big bankroll, ya dig. A mane, sqaures beware, do not enter; ok. Its the real deal about pimping, ya hear me. Don't play wit that. Read more
Published on Jan. 7 2002 by Bennie Ray III
5.0 out of 5 stars Truth and fiction are strangers...
This documentery plays out more like a well executed 'docu-spoof'. I still find myself thinking, "Was that real?, could it of possibly been real? Read more
Published on Sept. 28 2001 by Philmore Slim Jr
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